The Launch Of ‘We Are The Ark’ by Mary Reynolds

Join Us To Celebrate The Launch Of Mary Reynolds’ New Book ‘We Are The Ark’.

Saturday, Nov 5th, 5pm to 7:30pm

westport house

In partnership with the Festival of the Rolling Sun Book Festival, the launch of Mary Reynolds’ much anticipated new book will take place in stunning Westport House.

It is a fitting location for the event as Mary is the creative visionary behind the future garden experience at Westport Estate that will feature a very different and uniquely Irish landscape experience telling the story of the Tree of Life. With live music by violin player, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Irish singer-song writer Lisa O’Neill, signed books will

 be also available to purchase and Ruth Evans, illustrator of the book, will be in attendance.The launch event will culminate in an interview with Mary in which she will outline the core theme of her book: how you can bring nature back to your yard and be an active part of positive environmental change. 

Meet Mary Reynolds

Mary Reynolds is an internationally acclaimed, self-proclaimed reformed landscape designer and the youngest woman in history to win a gold medal at the Chelsea flower show. She has since given all that up to be part of the solution to the crisis we are all living through – climate and biodiversity collapse. She is the best-selling author of “The Garden Awakening” and a motivational speaker and founder of the global movement: We Are The ARK. Mary is the creative visionary behind the future garden experience at Westport Estate that will feature a uniquely Irish landscape telling the story of the Tree of Life through ancient myths and legends, ecology and tradition. The wider Westport Estate which will become a flagship ARK showcasing a new relationship between humans and the natural world.

We Are The ARK

We Are the ARK urgently advocates all home gardeners to bring nature back to their yards and to be an active part of positive environmental change. The loss of biodiversity is rapidly reducing the ability of the earth to maintain clean air and water and to provide food and habitat for all her creatures – including us. We must take direct action to alleviate the unjustifiable stress on the individual plants and animals and other life forms we share our planet with. But how do we do it?

In We are the ARK, award-winning garden designer Mary Reynolds provides an answer: by restoring nature to our home gardens and public spaces through acts of restorative kindness (ARK).

So what is an ARK? It’s a restored, native ecosystem, and a thriving patch of native plants and creatures that have been allowed to re-establish in the earth’s intelligent, successional process of natural restoration. Over time, this land becomes a habitat for pollinators and wild creatures who are in desperate need of support.

In We Are the ARK, Reynolds details exactly how home gardeners can play a role, no matter the size of their space. Readers will be inspired to take part in positive environmental change and equipped to do so at home.

“At the heart of The Frames whirlwind was a still centre,” writes Nuala O’Connor of Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Live Music

music by Lisa O’Neill & Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

During the launch of Mary’s Book ‘We are the ARK’, you will be treated by incredible and intimate performances from LISA O’NEILL and COLM MAC CON IOMAIRE.

Lisa O’Neill

Lisa O’Neill is an Irish singer-songwriter who has carved a niche for herself with her distinctive take on folk, building a following at home and internationally.

Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Founding member of The Frames, Colm Mac Con Iomaire is an Irish composer and musician who lives with his family in Wexford.

Join Us To Celebrate The Launch Of Mary Reynolds’ New Book ‘We Are The Ark’.

Saturday, Nov 5th, 5pm to 7.30pm

Westport house

Event Schedule:

5:00pm – Arrival & drinks reception, books available to purchase5:30pm – Performance by Colm Mac Con Iomaire6:00pm – Performance by Lisa O’Neill6:30pm – An interview with Mary Reynolds7:15pm – Closing performance by Lisa & Colm

Attendance is complimentary but we ask that you kindly register your attendance as space is limited.

We must rewild the world

sir david attenborough

Rewilding in the world is easier than you think. A century from now our planet could be a wild place again.

The Rolling Sun Book Festival, Westport

Mary’s book launch is taking place in partnership with Westport’s Rolling Sun Book Festival.  The 2022 festival runs from Thursday 3rd November to Sunday 6th November. In addition to Mary, it features a powerful line-up of local, national and international authors including Kit de Waal, Flor MacCarthy, Catherine Ryan Howard, Patricia Gibney, Andrea Mara and journalists such as David McCullagh, Barbara Scully, Justine McCarthy, Martina Devlin and Lise Hand. Please check out the programme and support the range of events planned over 4 days.    

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